Citizen Science Organizations and Online Lists of Citizen Science Projects

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The following is a list of citizen science organizations and online lists of citizen science projects. It is maintained by the Citizen Science/Crowdsourcing Working Group.  This is not an exhaustive list, but includes a variety of projects from different taxa and locations. Projects marked with an asterisk (*) are engaging the public in digitization efforts. Suggestions can be sent to Austin Mast.

General Citizen Science Information:

Wikipedia entry for Citizen Science 


Citizen Science projects on-line blog posting 

Scientific American's Citizen Science page 

See below for:

  • Plants & Fungi
  • Birds
  • Insects
  • Animals (General)
  • Other
  • United States
  • Non-US

Foliage Network
Great Sunflower Project
Mushroom Observer
Project BudBurst (NEON)
Project Squirrel
Redwood Watch


California Avian Data Center: “a regional node of the Avian Knowledge Network (AKN) hosted by PRBO Conservation Science
Cornell Lab of Ornithology Citizen Science Projects
Citizen Science Central (Cornell Lab of Ornithology) maintains a "gateway" to citizen science projects
Ducks Unlimited Migration Map
The Great Backyard Bird Count
Hummingbird Monitoring Network
North American Breeding Bird Project (USGS)
Operation RubyThroat, The Hummingbird Project
Project FeederWatch
Tucson Bird Count (Arizona)


Art Shapiro's Butterfly Site (California)
Bee Hunt!
Firefly Watch
Maine Butterfly Survey
Monarch Foundation
Monarch Larva Monitoring Project
Monarch Watch
Native Buzz
North American Pollinator Protection Campaign
School of Ants
Washington D.C./Baltimore Cricket Crawl

ANIMALS (General)
Evolution MegaLab
FrogWatch USA
Jelly Watch
MoveBank- (animal tracking and photo monitoring data)
Project Noah
Sevengill Shark Sightings
Shark Observation Network
Turtle Roadway Mortality Study
Wildlife Watch – National Wildlife Federation
Wildlife Health Monitoring Network
Wildlife Sightings
WildObs (Wildlife Observations)

*Citizen Science Alliance
     Including Notes from NatureOld Weather, Planet Hunters, Whale FM, Zooniverse
CoCoRaHs (collaborative rain hail and snow monitoring network)
Creek Watch (watershed monitoring)
EteRNA (designing RNA)
Foldit (protein folding)
Galazy Zoo
LiMPETS (Long-term Monitoring Program and Experiential Training for Students, coastal CA)
Quake-Catcher Network (earthquake monitoring)
scistarter (hundreds of Citizen Science projects)
Texas Invasives
What's Invasive!

general regional networks for phenology and observation

Journey North: A Global Study of Wildlife Migration and Seasonal Change
Mid-Atlantic Phenology Network
Minnesota Phenology Network (MnPN)
Ohio State University (OSU) Phenology Garden Network Project
Project Budburst
Shenandoah National Park Phenology Project
Texas Nature Watchers
USA-National Phenology Network

Vermont Center for Ecostudies' Citizen Science page

Wisconsin Phenological Society

Non-US networks for phenology and observation
*Atlas of Living Australia Volunteer Portal
Australia ClimateWatch
Canada NatureWatch 

Citizen Cyberscience Centre 
EarthTrek- Global Citizen Science Program
European Phenology Network and Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research List of "all phenological networks"
Finnish Forest Research Institute Phenology Observations
French Phenology Network (Obseratoire Des Saisons)
Global Garlic Mustard Field Survey
Japan Phenological Eyes Network (PEN)
Netherlands Phenology Network (de Natuurkalender)
Swedish Phenology Network
UK Nature's Calendar